Bell training academy gets Chinese approval

The Bell Helicopter Training Acdemy receives CAAC Part 147 approval.
Bell 412EPl flying

Bell 412EPl flying

Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received Part 147 facility organisational approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

This allows the academy to conduct theory and practical training in China for the Bell 206, Bell 407, Bell 412 and Bell 429 helicopters. The CAAC approval covers maintenance and avionics theory and practical training for all approved aircraft.

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Eric Cardinali, executive vice president of Bell Helicopter’s customer support and services, said: “The Bell Helicopter Training Academy is known worldwide for its outstanding instructors and capabilities. However, our customers are requesting that same service and expertise be offered regionally. The CAAC Part 147 authorisation is an important step in our efforts to bring technical training to China.”

Bell Helicopter’s regional sales team, led by Chris Jaran, managing director, worked closely with members of the BTA to meet the CAAC audit requirements.

Charles Fisher, director of Bell Helicopter Training Academy, said: “The collaborative efforts of the BTA, our regional sales and marketing team and the Civil Aviation College served to ensure a successful certification process. It’s another example of our continued focus on global growth and support to keep our customers safely flying.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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